Soon after picking up the guitar at age 12, Pat Travers saw the legend Jimi Hendrix perform in Ottawa, inspiring the young Pat to go after the dream of becoming a star. Other influences were Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. Pats first (teenage) bands were Red Hot and Merge. While the early years were hard, they would eventually pay off in the form of improved musicianship, style, and exposure.
At age 20 and armed with a Marshall amp, a wah-wha pedal, and a few hours of studio time, Pat recorded a demo that soon earned him a recording contract with Polydor. Releasing his debut album, Pat Travers in April 1976 with Mars Cowling on bass and Roy Dyke on drums, Pat embarked on a tour of England in support of this debut.
Adorned in a red and white jumpsuit displaying the maple leaf of his native Canada, trademarks of Pats early shows included giving away cardboard replicas of his black Fender Telecaster, playing barefoot, and inviting audience member to play air guitar on stage during the show. It was with this accessibility to the fans that Pat became an invited performer to the huge Reading Festival in 1976. Pat went on to sell out the arena and stadium circuit for years.
Enlisting the talents of Tommy Aldridge and Pat Thrall, and the always inspirational Mars Cowling, the release of Heat In the Street further strengthen Pat Travers following. The album featured more of Pats sometimes elaborate songs, which further proved that he wasnt just a mere air headed guitar hero, but that of an accomplished composer and lyricist.
Pat Thrall, a great guitarist as well, now quickly rounded out the sound and provided Pat more freedom to do other things like expand his keyboard playing. Besides, Pat Thralls influence from his fusion background provided more fuel for Pat to write. Understanding that the best way to hear the Pat Travers Band was to hear it live, the band released its first live album Go For What You Know in 1979, which was considered one of his best albums and a must have for any guitar fan. Some say that it was with this release that PT garnered his largest increase of fans. The album was one of his best sellers and still sells well even many years later.
The Pat Travers Band and his longtime friend and business associate TLO continue to book tours around the world, Makin Magic for their die hard fans. While Pats had some great musicians working with him on past tours, he is currently working, recording, and touring with Eric Freight-train Frates (drums), Kirk Mckimm (guitar), and Frankie (bass).
This band is at its best eversounding very heavy and strong playing with Dean Markley strings; they will rock for many years to come.
2007 marks thirty years that Ive been using Dean Markley Guitar Strings. Nobody sweats more or hits a guitar harder than I do, and Dean Markley strings provide the unmatched tone, quality, and reliability that I need to get my sound across. Ill be using Dean Markley Strings in 2037! Dean Markley
Stings for life! -Pat TraversNickelSteel Electric MTHB
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